Toddler Injured by Flying Shrapnel When Drone Crashes in Pasadena
An 11-month-old girl was recovering Tuesday after being struck by shrapnel when a privately-owned drone crashed near her stroller in Pasadena.
The girl’s mother was pushing the stroller along Marengo Avenue near Union Street around 6:28 p.m. on Saturday when the drone hit the ground, according to a news release from the Pasadena Police Department.
The drone shattered, sending shrapnel flying toward the child’s face and head, and the mother’s legs, the release stated.
The debris caused a large contusion on the child’s forehead and a small cut on the side of her head, police said.
When officers arrived, they found the owner of the drone standing nearby, according to the release.
He told officers he was attending an event in front of Pasadena City Hall and flying the drone overhead when he lost control of it.
He immediately ran to the crash site where he discovered the injured child and waited for officers to arrive, police said.
The girl was treated at a local hospital and released. Her mother was not injured.
A report of the incident was forwarded to the Flight Standards District Office in Van Nuys for review to determine if the operator violated Federal Aviation Regulations, the release stated.